Day 9: Wroclaw and “Dwarves”
You’d think it’d be possible to get somewhere near the pronunciation of a word by sounding out its letters. Not the case with Wroclaw. The city name is pronounced something like “fro-swav”. Yeah. Good luck with Polish.
The city itself is pretty cool. There are a lot of beautiful historic buildings. There are also “dwarves” ( or, more appropriately, gnomes ) everywhere.
Apparently, there are approximately 300 dwarf statues throughout the city in various places.
It’s really pretty cool how they’re scattered throughout the city. You can buy a map that shows you where each one is, but it’s also fun just to walk around and try to spot them on your own.
The story behind these dwarves is actually pretty interesting. In the 1980's, while Poland was still under communist rule, the Orange Alternative movement was started in Wroclaw. It’s symbol was the dwarf and its purpose was to provide a method of peaceful protest against communism by using absurd and nonsensical elements in their protests. The result would be that, should authorities arrest the protesters, they would look ridiculous doing so.
There are, of course, other amazing parts of the city. Wroclaw is famous for having a brewery in continuous operation for the past 750+ years. It is in the basement level of the town hall.
There are also a variety of churches and historic buildings.
But, really, the dwarves are pretty much the stars of Wroclaw.
Today was our last day together as a work group. Tomorrow, most of the people from work fly back home or on their own short vacations elsewhere in Europe. Myself, my mother, and my brother will fly to Bergen, Norway. Stay tuned for day 10.